Looking back on 2016

Well, the year will be over in a few hours. Things are quite a bit different than I expected twelve months ago. Perhaps for you, too.

I’m so proud of what The Recompiler has been able to accomplish. We published three new issues, focusing on games, legacy systems, and hardware. We did a successful Kickstarter campaign for our first book, The Responsible Communication Style Guide. We even published a few extra articles online.

Two new regular contributors joined us: Christie Koehler, who produced 23 educational and inspiring podcast episodes, and Mandy Moore, writing up weekly link roundups, researching conference info, finding talks to share on our playlist, and generally being a great help to me on the marketing side of things.

We have big plans for 2017: publishing the Style Guide, getting four more issues out the door, and some smaller projects I’ll be announcing as we go. We’re even sketching out plans for another book. I’d love to do more merchandise; the DNS mug has been popular. Send in your ideas!

I’m so grateful for everyone who’s contributed and supported The Recompiler this year: the writers and artists who shared their knowledge and skills, the section editors on the book who are building the intersectional perspectives we need, magazine subscribers, everyone who bought something from the shop, and those of you who sponsor our work directly.

If you learned something from our work, there’s a small thing you could do to help. Sign up to be a supporter at $1 or more a month. It may not seem like much, but each of those dollars adds up. We have hard times ahead, and I believe there’s so much this publication can do fight oppression.

Finally, here’s a few things I learned from this year, as well as some that readers shared on Twitter. May you find a spark of hope in our community to carry you into 2017.